The Scotsman

Lawrie re­launch

/For­mer Open champ in­au­gu­rates new hole at Royal Dornoch

- Sports · Golf · Paul Lawrie · Championship · PGA European Tour

For­mer Open cham­pion Paul Lawrie has of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated the new 7 th hole at Royal Dornoch.

Ahead of his two-day Tar­tan Pro Tour event over the Cham­pi­onship course, which be­gan yes­ter­day, Lawrie took time out to play the re­vised hole and meet lo­cal mem­bers.

The changes to the par 4, known as “Pier”, were pro - posed by Tom Macken­zie of renowned de­sign­ers Macken­zie and Ebert.

The new hole – which mea­sures 485 yards – has been piv­oted to the right so the sea is in view for the en­tire length of the hole. It also fea­tures a green with only the sea and sky be­yond it, a replica of the pre­vi­ous one. The work was first pro­posed after a course re­view in 2013 and ap­proved by the club in 2015.

Lawrie, who made a birdie on his first play­ing of the hole, said: “It’s a re­ally, re­ally nice golf hole and they have done a great job with it.

“The old hole was fur­ther left, so it’s gone fur­ther right with bet­ter views of the sea, which is beau­ti­ful. It is sim­i­lar kind of length, there are two nice bunkers down the left-hand side which are in play and there is a nice lit­tle false front at the star t of the green. It’s bril­liant. Royal Dornoch is one of the b est courses in the coun­try. I al­ways love play­ing golf here right back to play­ing as­sis­tants’ golf. It’ s just great to spend time here.”

Macken­zie, added :“The view from the 7th tee is one of the most fa­mous in the world of golf. Is there a first-time vis­i­tor to Dornoch who has not taken that photo down over the course?

“It seemed frus­trat­ing that once down off the tee, the sea dis­ap­peared un­til the green on the high­est part of the course. There was plenty of room to the right so, log­i­cally, it made sense to ro­tate the hole that way, so the en­tire hole en­joyed the same glo­ri­ous view with a new sea vista be­hind the green. It adds won­der­fully to the Dornoch ex­pe­ri­ence.”

An open­ing 73, which in­cluded three dropped shots in the last five holes, left Lawrie seven shots be­hind the leader, Chris Maclean, after the open­ing round in the third Tar tan Pro Tour event.

Maclean carded six birdies to lead by two shots from Jack Mcdon­ald, Sam Locke, Tom Higs on and for­mer Euro­pean Tour card holder Craig Lee.

 ??  ?? 0 Mem­bers watch as Paul Lawrie tees off at the re­designed 7th hole on the Cham­pi­onship course at Royal Dornoch.
0 Mem­bers watch as Paul Lawrie tees off at the re­designed 7th hole on the Cham­pi­onship course at Royal Dornoch.

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